Travel may be off the table for now, but in honour of World Food Day 2020 on 16 October, we’ve rounded up some of the best global restaurants on our doorstep for you gourmands to travel to via your tastebuds.
Every year, a large number of events – from marathons and hunger marches to exhibitions, cultural performances, contests and concerts – are organised in up to 150 countries across the world to celebrate World Food Day.
However, this year’s World Food Day takes place this year in very unprecedented circumstances with countries around the world dealing with the widespread effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 global health crisis has been a time to reflect on things we truly cherish and our most basic needs. These uncertain times have made many of us rekindle our appreciation for a thing that some take for granted and many go without: high-quality food.
Food is the essence of life and the bedrock of many cultures and communities – including ours. At a time like this, it is more important than ever to recognise and support the farmers and workers throughout the food system – who are making sure that food makes its way from farm to fork – even amid disruptions caused by the pandemic.
World Food Day is an international day celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honour of the date (in 1945) of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization – a specialised agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger and achieve food security for all.
Pompette, is a stylish charcuterie wine bar and restaurant in Summertown, Oxford. Opened by husband and wife duo Pascal and Laura Wiedemann in 2018, Pompette’s menu draws inspiration from across Europe with a daily changing menu and concise yet varied wine list.
Set in the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside, in a 15th-century manor, the restaurant at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons has a reputation as one of Britain’s best restaurants. It earned 2 Michelin-stars upon opening, over 30 years ago, and has retained them every year since.
Gatineau patisserie offers the finest artisan produce in the French/ European patisserie and boulangerie tradition: premium cakes, pastries, savouries and bread – all made with the highest quality ingredients, creative flair, taste combinations and attention to detail.
Kazbar is a popular Spanish/Moroccan tapas restaurant and cocktail bar in bustling Cowley Road in East Oxford. Although it is housed in a modern building with a conservatory, it’s North African souk inspired decor will give you the warm, snugly, romantic vibe of being in a Moroccan city.
Arbequina is a simply furnished, bohemian tapas restaurant and bar located in an old chemist’s shop on the vibrant Cowley Road in Oxford. There’s sitting downstairs by the vintage stainless steel counter or upstairs in the bay window.
BBuona serves authentic Pizzas full of flavours from the Italian tradition, bringing to the table a culture of sharing and a joy of living. Flour and olive oil, and pizza and pasta bases: all the ingredients are made naturally in Italy.
The Half Moon is a delightful and quintessentially-English thatched pub in the small village of Cuxham near Watlington in Oxfordshire. At the rear of this truly outstanding pub is an extensive west-facing garden, in which customers can enjoy food, drink and friendly atmosphere.
Traditional pizzas, authentic pasta dishes – tasty and authentic dishes made with fresh, quality ingredients – as well as sumptuous desserts and a varied wine list to suit every occasion. Propably Oxford’s finest authentic Pizza and Pasta.
Whether you’re looking for traditional pasta dishes, fresh seafood or Italian delicacies, you’ll find something on the menu to excite you, and daily chef’s specials that’ll give you the chance to try something new, at this authentic, family-run restaurant in the beautiful riverside town of Henley-On-Thames.
Tucked away from the busy Cowley Road, Oli’s Thai is a small, family-run restaurant that serves up the most delicious, fresh and authentic tasting Thai food. The menu is reassuringly short, but with good variation, so you won’t fail to find several dishes of interest.
Hugomango’s stand for ‘Bangkok streetfood Thai restaurant. Using simple ingredients – from fresh fish and vegetables to rice and aromatic herbs and spices, they make a selection of popular Thai dishes. Be warned, once you find your favourite dish on the menu, you’ll crave it forever.
This very popular little restaurant has been described as friendly and welcoming, with incredible food at a good price, although many have called out that the cuisine is more of a fusion of Thai, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine rather than specialising in only one.
Banbury-based Zushi Japanese Restaurant offers a range of sushi, traditional Japanese curries and Korean specials – with an extensive menu of cooked-to-order dishes made with 100% fresh produce, and knowledgeable staff always on-hand to give advice on the best way to experience Japanese cuisine.
Open for lunch and dinner and run by a super-passionate team, Taberu is a popular Japanese restaurant based in Oxford’s Cowley Road, that aims to give you the best, most authentic, Japanese culinary experience with dishes made from the finest ingredients to give the best quality and most vibrant flavour.
Due to the popularity of her pop-up veggie and vegan food stalls in the Summertown and Headington markets in Oxford, the home cook turned full-time chef, Jaya, decided to take it up a notch with her latest venture, the Delhish Vegetarian Kitchen.
The Purple Mango is an Indian takeaway and fast food restaurant with a good reputation for serving many popular Indian dishes as well as some that are exclusive to Purple Mango. Be sure to try the Tandoori Chef’s Recommendations like Lamb or Chicken Tikka Jahl.
This Indian takeaway in central Carterton is always proud to serve wholesome and unpretentious Indian food as a shared dining experience. A superb range of classic Indian dishes alongside some of their own creations, are prepared in-house and can be delivered to your door.
Whether it’s indulging your passion for fine food and wine, or simply relaxing, unwinding and enjoying, the White Hart in Fyfield is an award-winning restaurant offering the very best of seasonal Modern British dining with great company and great hospitality.
Located within the delightful Cotswold market town of Chipping Norton, in a charming 400-year-old, Grade 2 listed building, Wild Thyme is indeed a special place to enjoy great exciting modern British food and a friendly, relaxed service.
In the spirit of Zheng’s voyages, this namesake restaurant delivers a rich, diverse and authentic dining experience with the underlying influence of the food still unmistakably Oriental – from authentic Malaysian and Singaporean to spicy Szechuan, Cantonese stir-fries and Shanghai braises.
Eat China Bicester is a family-oriented Chinese Restaurant, offering a fresh buffet and takeaway with over 60 carefully selected Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Malaysian dishes seven days a week.
Skogen Kitchen is a Scandinavian café nestled amongst the beautiful Oxford colleges, away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford High Street. From the moment you walk in, you will be greeted by a warm welcome, fantastic speciality coffee and the aromas of home-made cinnamon and cardamom buns that are baked on the premises every day.
Based on the rooftop of John Lewis in the Westgate Centre, KuPP is Scandinavian style restaurant serving healthy, delicious breakfasts, seriously good coffee, freshly produced food as well as signature cocktails. It’s a rooftop escape, any time day or evening – a place to meet and socialise, to drink, dine, graze and share.
GLUT is a new, independent start up restaurant serving sinfully good homemade American comfort food to Oxford. Their main offering is burgers but they also offer some awesome American style food such as pancakes, buffalo wings, chicken poppers and shredded buffalo chicken crockpot.
Located in Faringdon, Mollie’s by SOHO HOUSE is a motel, diner and drive-thru inspired by the classic American diner. Enjoy a menu of classic American food – from juicy meat and vegan burgers to succulent chicken and sides – then indulge in a handspun milkshake or Mollie’s Jollie’s as a sweet treat.